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hat do these terms mean to you: boulder, bonker, masher, plumper, popper, shooter, thumper, smasher, taw, bumbo, crock, bumboozer, bowler, tonk, tronk, godfather, tom bowler, fourer, giant, dobber, dobbert, hogger, biggie or toebreaker? Perhaps you’re familiar with knuckling down, ante up, fudging, quitsies, keepsies, elephant stomp, bombies, leaning tops or dead duck. Mibs come with names like: Comet, Steely, Caty’s Eye, Tri-Lite, Black Eyed Pea, Sunburst, Bumblebee, Aggie, Clearie, Purie, Swirl, Watermelon, Girl Scout, Cub Scout, Spiderman, Dragonfly and Indian. Remember Indian, please! If you know the term “mib”, then you might be a “mibster”! These words applied to marbles and the games played with them. As a grade schoolboy, I loved these games. My father taught me! We played with circles and lines drawn on the ground. We played with holes cut into shoeboxes. We played with shallow holes dug into the ground; my favorite was called Pots, and I loved to play “keepsies”—until I lost! As a small child, I remember my mother teaching me to count using a song she sang and then encouraging me to sing back to her. Perhaps you can sing along: One little, two little, three little Indians Four little, five little, six little Indians Seven little, eight little, nine little Indians Ten little Indian boys! [repeated backward] We live in different times, now. I’m unsure whether it’s appropriate today to teach children to count singing “Ten Little Indians”. I recognize times change. But, in my day, I, along with many others, learned to count at Mother’s knee, singing. It’s my history; perhaps it’s yours. At one point I had the best and largest marble collection on the playground. I placed them in Mason® jars and buried them in our backyard during my “Treasure Island” days! For a season, I counted my marbles daily. My favorite marbles were my Indians. They were a solid color with irregular striping. Actually, as time went on, it was more fun to count than to play with them. I became averse to losing them. My holdings became my treasure. Every ten years, the US Constitution requires that we count more than marbles, and not just those with Indian heritage. This process began in 1790. In March of this year, the 2020 Census will begin. You will be asked to participate. You may respond in three ways. You may use online services, your phone, or you may respond through the mail. In early summer, non-respondents will be visited in their homes. It is important that everyone living in the city, in your household at this time, be accounted for. Billions of dollars, many services and representation hinge upon an accurate count of all residents of Syracuse City. You may glean more information about the 2020 Census by going online to: https://2020census.gov/en/what-is-2020-census. html. The phrase “you can’t manage what you can’t measure” is often attributed to W. Edwards Deming. I believe it to be true. Regrettably, I quit counting my marbles. I buried them once and lost the treasure map that I’d created to find them. And therefore, lost my marbles! You may agree. Michael Gailey, Mayor February 2020 | syracuseconnection.com 3

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Syracuse City Updates New Plans for 50-acre Park The city announces the plans for a new 50-acre park to be located at the corner of 2000 West and Gentile Street. This park will include an abundance of great features including the following: • Softball/little league baseball and adult softball 4-plex. The 4-plex includes shaded stadium seating, a center scorekeeper box, and concession stand. • Multipurpose field that can accommodate baseball, softball, soccer, football, lacrosse etc. • 4 full-size athletic fields for soccer, football, or lacrosse. • 16 pickleball courts, which will be able to accommodate tournaments. • 2 full-size basketball courts that can be split into 4 short courts.

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Large playground area. The type of playground equipment has not been selected, but the plan shows the size, which is approximately 1 acre. 4 large pavilions to accommodate parties or family reunions. 1 Grand Performance pavilion that will provide a space for dances, musical, and other performances. Running/Walking trail. This trail connects to the trail to the east at Stillwater Estates, which connects into Jensen Park and Emigration Trail. It will also be part of the future Great Salt Lake Shoreline trail that will head west toward the lake. Grand plaza will feature shaded seating and eating areas for informal leisure space.

The city has a Parks Master Plan that sets goals for recreation and open space for the community. The goals address issues such as park acreage, park locations, and types of features needed in our parks. Goal #3 of this plan states that the city will have enough space for current recreation programming, plus extra space for future growth. By 2024, it is projected that some city recreation programs, including youth soccer, baseball, BASEBALL softball, and both tackle and flag football will not & SOFTBALL have enough space for all participants. This may 4-PLEX require the city to turn away participants due to lack of space. This 50-acre park would help provide that space to accommodate our growing city, and our growing recreation programs. The city has already acquired the land, and the city Council is currently looking at different ways to fund the construction of the park.

For more information and to stay up to date, make sure to follow our social media, and check our website at www.syracuseut.gov


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Arts Council Update Calendar of Events February 24 Give My Regards to Broadway Concert March 23 Spring Fling Concert April 15-16 Auditions for Big Fish the Musical April 27 Back to the 80s Orchestra Concert July 16-20 Big Fish The Musical Auditions

Broadway Concert Our orchestra will perform show tunes in the Give My Regards to Broadway Concert on February 24, 2020, at 7 p.m. at Syracuse High School. Vocalists will join the orchestra for selections from Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, the Sound of Music, Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, and more! Spring Fling The jazz band and choir will combine for the Spring Fling Concert on March 23, 2020, at City Hall. The orchestra will perform hits from the ‘80s on April 27, 2020. Look for notices on our website and on Facebook pages for more details. If you are interested in participating in our orchestra, choir, or jazz band, please email info@syracuseutaharts.org.

Big Fish the Musical! Auditions for the summer production of Big Fish will be held in April. (Look for more details in March.) Performances will be held July 16-20, 2020. We are now accepting letters of interest for our Production team. Please include which position you would like to be considered for, your experience, contact info, and any conflicts you have from April through July to info@syracuseutaharts.org.

Code Enforcement Dogs limited to 3 per household Last year, the city increased the number of dogs permitted in a household from 2 to 3, bringing us in line with the Davis County Animal Code. The City law governing household pets is found in Section 10.30.040(E) of the Syracuse Code, and the County’s is found in Section 6.12.060 of the Davis County Code. If you have a large lot associated with your home, you may qualify to keep a fourth dog under a kennel license issued by the city. There are very specific requirements, including installing kennels at least 200 feet from neighbors and streets, and you must receive approval from the city before establishing a kennel. Our partners at Davis County Animal Control will investigate complaints of households keeping greater than three dogs and may impound dogs in excess of that amount.


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Employee Spotlight- Kresta Robinson Director, Parks and Recreation Department The city would like to recognize Kresta Robinson for her incredible work as Director of Parks and Recreation. Kresta leads and directs the city’s recreation programs, as well as the park development and maintenance operations, including the cemetery. She also oversees the production of the city’s annual Pumpkin Walk in October and Syracuse Heritage Days in June. She was recently awarded Employee of the Month for providing extra assistance to the Fire Department’s Annual Open House in October. She is a very valuable member of our city staff.

THANK YOU for your hard work and dedication to our city residents!

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Public Works Update Public works is dedicated to contributing to a safe environment for the community by providing fast and courteous service. Public works handles all matters regarding water, storm water, sewer, land drain, streets, street signs, street lamps, as well as pot-hole and sidewalk repairs. For any concerns related to these matters, the first contact made must be to our public works department. Although social media is a great tool for mass communication, the most effective response related to a public works concern will come from a phone call or an online fix-it request from our website. Both methods are available 24 hours a day. For public works related emergency situations that occur after hours, phone calls can be made to an emergency hotline for emergency situations. Please keep lids closed so debris and trash don’t come out, and we can prevent rain from getting inside the dumpster; this is one way we can prevent pollution from getting into our storm drains which leads to our streams, creeks, and eventually The Great Salt Lake”. REMEMBER, “ONLY RAIN DOWN THE DRAIN”

Be the Difference for Someone You Love! Have you ever thought about what to do in the case of a medical emergency involving your friends and family? In a cardiac arrest emergency, for every minute CPR is delayed, a victim’s chance of survival decreases by 10%. In a bleeding emergency, a victim can die from blood loss in as little as 5 minutes. No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be the first on the scene. Therefore, it’s up to you, as a bystander to begin the lifesaving process until we can arrive. Beginning this year, Syracuse Fire Department will start offering Hands Only CPR and Stop the Bleed training free of charge to residents. These classes will give you the training needed to be the difference for someone you love, so please come and join us for our next class. Seating is limited, so sign up today by visiting this link: https:// syracuseut.gov/193/CPR-Cardiopulmonary-Resuscitation-Classe


Question: I’ve heard that Syracuse doesn’t plan for development. What has the city done to plan for new land uses? Answer: Syracuse has been rapidly growing since around the turn of the century, so our plans are constantly being updated. We have master plans for transportation, water, storm drains, parks, trails, and public safety. But one of the biggest planning tools - which was updated last year - is the city’s general plan (online at www.syracuseut. gov/DocumentCenter/ View/143/General-Plan-Map-PDF). The general plan helps guide the vast development of services, City's general plan is on roads, and homes; it our website! includes a map that provides suggested uses. The majority of the city is general planned for low-density residential uses. There are areas, particularly along major corridors like Antelope Drive and the scheduled West Davis Corridor, that are planned for medium or high- density residential uses, or commercial and industrial uses. But appearance on the general plan is not enough to establish a use; property owners must bring proposals to the city for zoning approval. The Planning Commission and Council evaluate those proposals and decide whether to authorize the use. The city is also actively developing an economic development plan – stay tuned!

Do you have a community question? Submit your question to proberts@syracuseut.com.

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Parks and Recreation • SPRING SOCCER Registration will be January 1-February 15 Leagues: Little Kicks (turning 4 as of September 1, 2020), Pre-K (turning 5 as of September 1, 2020), Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd/4th grade, 5th/6th grade, 7th-9th grade. All leagues are co-ed. Cost: $46

• YOUTH TUMBLING Registration January 1- February 15 There will be 6 classes taught by Safety-Certified Instructor: Kim Nielson Days classes are held: Tuesday or Wednesday Classes Begin: Tuesday, February 18 or Wednesday, February 19 Cost: $40 Tuesdays Preschool Tumbling: (3 & 4-year-old) Children will learn beginning tumbling skills. Time: 6 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Beginning Tumbling:(Based on Skill Level, No Age Requirements) Should be able to do cartwheels and forward rolls. Time: 5 p.m. -6 p.m. Intermediate Tumbling (8 years old and up) Must be able to do round off and hand stand back bend. Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesdays Preschool Tumbling: (3 & 4-year-old) Children will learn beginning tumbling skills. Time: 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. Beginning Tumbling:(Based on Skill Level, No Age Requirements) Should be able to do cartwheels and forward rolls. Time: 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Intermediate Tumbling (8 years old and up) Must be able to do a round off and hand stand back bend. Time: 4 p.m. - 5p.m.

• BASEBALL/SOFTBALL Registration February 1- March 29 This program is for pre-kindergarteners (must be 5 before September 1, 2020) thru 9th grade. Cost: T-Ball, Coach Pitch, and Machine Pitch ($46); Minor/Major ($51); Jr. High ($56). Registration fee includes a jersey and hat.

For more detailed information on all of the classes go to www.syracuseut.gov

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FITNESS CLASSES FOR ADULTS OFFERED!  ZUMBA WITH ANGIE! Come see what Zumba can do for you. Tues: 9 a.m. Sat: 9 a.m. Thursday Zumba Tone: 9 a.m. (Zumba Tone is cardio and toning all in one!) Cost is $36 for 12 Class Punch Pass or $5/ class. First Class is FREE! What Are You Waiting For? More info at angiec.zumba.com

 STEP IT UP! Mon, Wed, Fri 9-10 a.m. Work your heart, muscles, and mind in this fun, energetic workout! All skill levels are welcome; we offer low and high intensity options for you to choose from. ​​​Find more info on Facebook at Syracuse Fitness Classes. $3 Drop-In, $20 for a 10-class punch pass, first class FREE!

 PUMP IT UP! Tues: 6 a.m. Boost your metabolism and tone your muscles with resistance training. We provide hand weights and exercise balls, you just bring your own exercise mat. All skill levels are welcome; we suggest different options. Syracuse Community Center. $3 DropIn, $20 for a 10-class punch pass, first class FREE!

EMERGENCY PREPEPARATION CLASSES Rapid Disaster Assessment Program (RDAP) Training Every 3rd Saturday from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Location: Syracuse Fire Station, 1869 S. 3000 W.

Spring CERT Training Wednesday Evenings - 6:30 p.m. - 9:30p.m. February 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 8, 15 Location: Syracuse Fire Station, 1869 S. 3000 W.

Both classes FREE!

Worried about air quality?

Filter your inside air and breathe better! Particulate Matter Bio-Aerosols

Volatile Organic Compounds

Call for a Free Air Indoor Air Quality Evaluation (801) 648-4380


Local Disaster Cleanup

801-896-1000 Ryan Marriott


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Syracuse City Information

Key Community Contacts MAYOR

Michael Gailey: 801-589-0976 mgailey@syracuseut.com


Lisa W. Bingham: 801-725-2300 lbingham@syracuseut.com Corinne Bolduc: 801-529-5779 cbolduc@syracuseut.com Dave Maughan: 801-927-7752 dmaughan@syracuseut.com

Syracuse Library

Jordan Savage: 385-424-0258 jsavage@syracuseut.com

Located at 1875 S 2000 W in Syracuse. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Phone: (801) 451-1850

Seth Teague: 915-516-6423 steague@syracuseut.com

The newly expanded Syracuse Library is now open!

Passport Applications


City Arts Council: 801-896-8101 volunteer@syracuseutaharts.org

Passport application processing services are offered at City Hall between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Processing takes approximately 2030 minutes per application. Walk-ins are served in the order of arrival. For multiple applications and/or photos, wait times may be longer. All required forms, photos and payment must be completed prior to 4 p.m. to be accepted the same day. Applications can be found on the www.travel.state.gov website. Application fees must be paid with a check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State. More info available on our website

City Hall: 801-825-1477 1979 West 1900 South Open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm, closed holidays

Fix-It Requests

Lady Lions Service & Social Club: 801-825-1752

We appreciate our citizens helping the city be aware of issues that need to be addressed throughout the city such as road repairs, street light/sign repair, park maintenance, water problems (culinary & secondary), garbage can pickup, code ordinance enforcement and even employee feedback. The city website is a great tool for providing us with notifications. The Fix-it Request link can be found on our home page by clicking on the REPORT A CONCERN icon.

Lions Club: 801-719-1804 Utah Lions District 28UT (open to all)

Job Openings For a list of the current openings with Syracuse City, click on the 'Jobs' link on our main city page www.syracuseut.com

Follow us on Facebook: syracuseut or visit www.syracuseut.com

City Museum: 801-614-9674 Hours: Tues, Wed, & Thurs 2pm - 5pm Community Center: 801-614-9660 1912 West 1900 South Summer hours: Mon-Thurs-6am-8pm; Fri- 6am-8pm; Sat- 8am-12pm Fire Station: 801-614-9614 1869 South 3000 West

Parks & Recreation: 801-614-9660 1912 W. 1900 S. parksandrecreation@syracuseut.com Police Station: 801-825-4400 1751 South 2000 West Post Office: 801-614-9677 (Inside City Hall) Public Works Facility: 801-825-7235 3061 South 2400 West Utilities Department: 801-825-1477 Opt #2 Volunteer/Eagle Scout Projects: Tess Jones 801-614-9655 tjones@syracuseut.com Youth Council: 801-643-8996

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February Calendar of Events SENIOR EVENTS MONTHLY MOVIE Wednesday, February 12, 2020 @ 1 p.m. (Overcomer) FREE ~ Please RSVP

ter via e-mail, please send your NAME and E-MAIL address to paulaj@syracuseut.com


SYRACUSE HIGH SCHOOL Feb 1: Drill Team State Championships @ UVU | Wrestling District Divisional’s @ Syracuse 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. Feb 3: Sophomore Registration @ Auditorium 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Feb 4: Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 7 BOOK CLUB p.m. - 9 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ SyraTuesday, February 18, 2020 cuse 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Feb 5: Junior Post High School Day 12 FREE ~ Please RSVP p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Youth Mental Health First Aid Course 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. | Choir LUNCH & BINGO Jumpstart Sectional @ Choir Room and Wednesday, February 26, 2020 @ 12 Commons 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Noon Feb 7: Boys Basketball @ Fremont 7 p.m. Guest Speaker: Davis County Senior - 9 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Fremont 7 Services p.m. - 9 p.m.  Suggested donation: $3.00/person Feb 8: ACT Test 7:40 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Must RSVP by 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb Preference Dance 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. 24 Feb 10: ACT Prep @ Auditorium 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Zero Fatalities Night @ BUS TRIP Auditorium 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2020 (Leaves at 2:30 Feb 11: ACT Prep @ Auditorium 2 p.m. p.m.) 4:30 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Syracuse 7 CARLOS and HARLEYS Fresh-Mex Cantip.m. - 9 p.m. | Girls Basketball @Syracuse na/Scenic Drive 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. $2.00/per person with lunch on your Feb12: Wrestling State Tournament @ own! (Reservation required) UVU | ACT Prep @ Auditorium 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Choir Solo and Ensemble SENIOR YOGA @ Choir and Band room 3 p.m. - 8:30 Happy Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 8 a.m. p.m. | Youth Mental Health First Aid s e' in Available for anyone aged Valent Course 3 p.m. - 7 p.m. Day! 50+/$1.00 or 60+/$0.50 Feb 13: Wrestling State Tournament @ UVU | Singing Valentines During PICKLEBALL Classes | ACT Prep @ Auditorium 2 p.m. Tuesdays (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) - 4:30 p.m. | Orchestra Solo and EnsemThursdays (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) ble @ Auditorium, Choir and band room Adults/$2.00 or Seniors 60+/$0.50 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Roy 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Roy 7 PAINT BY NUMBERS p.m. - 9 p.m. Syracuse Community Center Feb 14: Swimming State Meet @ BYU | Arts & Crafts Room ~ Mondays Post High School Day for Juniors @ AudiFebruary 3, 10, 17, 24 torium 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb 15: Swimming State Meet @ BYU FREE ~ Please RSVP (You will purchase |Jazz Band @ Weber State 9 a.m. - 3 your own Paint by Numbers kit) p.m. Feb 17: No School Please call the Syracuse Community Feb 18-20: Girls Basketball State TourCenter at (801) 614-9660 #1 to RSVP nament for activities listed.To learn more about Feb 20: Band Exchange Concert @ Audisenior activities, visit the Syracuse Comtorium 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. munity Center for a Feb 21: Boys Basketball State TournaSenior Citizens Newsletter or go to ment Second Round  www.syracuserecreation.com Feb 24-27: ACT Prep @ Auditorium 2 If you would like to receive the NewsletTHINK TUESDAY Tuesday, February 18, 2020 @ 10 a.m. (Mexican Train) FREE ~ Please RSVP

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p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Feb 26: Boys State Tournament Quarterfinals @ U of U | Girls State Tournament Quarterfinals @ U of U Feb 28: Boys State Tournament Semifinals @ U of U | Girls State Tournament Semifinals @ U of U Feb 29: Boys State Tournament Finals @ U of U | Girls State Tournament Finals @ U of U CLEARFIELD HIGH SCHOOL Feb 1: State Drill Comp | School Play - Korczak’s Children @ Little Theatre 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Feb 3: Falcon Preview @ Commons 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | School Play - Korczak’s Children @ Little Theatre 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Feb 4: Girls Basketball @ Roy 5:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Roy 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Feb 7: Girls Basketball @ Clearfield 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Feb 8: ACT Test Day 7 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Preference Dance 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.  Feb 10: Parent Teacher Conferences 3:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Feb 11: Girls Basketball @ Davis 5:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Davis 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Feb 12: Falcette Daddy Daughter Dance 6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. | CHS Instrumental 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Feb 13: Food Pantry 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Weber 5:15 p.m. 6:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Weber 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. | CHS Choir Solo and Ensemble 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Feb 14: Swimming State Championships @ BYU Feb 15: Swimming State Championships @ BYU Feb 17: No School - Presidents Day Feb 18: Girls State Basketball Feb 19: Girls State Basketball  Feb 20: Food Pantry 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Girls State Basketball | Band Concert 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Feb 21: Boys State Basketball | Girls State Basketball | Election Info Meeting 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Debate @ Davis 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Feb 22: Boys State Basketball | Girls State Basketball | Region Debate @ Northridge Feb 24-29: Boys State Basketball | Girls State Basketball Feb 27: Orchestra School Solo and Ensemble Region 1 Debate @ Northridge 8 a.m. 12 p.m. 

SYRACUSE JR. HIGH Feb 1: VEX IQ Robotics - Davis District Rookie Invitational @ SJH Gym | Cheer Competition @ Weber State University 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Feb 3: Solo and Ensemble @ SJH 3:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Mandatory Parent Meeting for Cheer Tryouts @ Portable 11 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.  Feb 4: Girls Basketball District Tournament 1st Round 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Feb 5: 6th Grade Seahawk Night (Open house) 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Feb 6: Talent Show Assembly 8:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. | Girls Basketball - District Tournament Quarter Finals 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Feb 7: PTA Winter Carnival 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 10: Girls Basketball - District Tournament Semi Finals 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Wrestling @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Feb 11: Student of the Month Breakfast 7 a.m. - 7:45 a.m. | NAL @ Central Davis 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Wrestling @ Syracuse 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Feb 12: Orchestra Solo and Ensemble @ SJH 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Girls Basketball District Tournament Finals 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Feb 13: Parent Teacher Conference Feb 15: VEX IQ Robotics State Championship @ Davis High School 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Feb 17: Presidents Day - No School Feb 18: Wrestling @ North Davis 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Feb 19: Spring Dance 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Feb 20: Wrestling @ North Layton 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. | State Junior High Jazz Festival @ Skyridge High School 7 p.m. 9 p.m. Feb 21: Mock Trial Competition @ West Valley City 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Feb 22: VEX IQ Robotics - VRC Utah State Championship @ SJH Gym Feb 24: Mock Trial Competition @ Downtown SLC 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Feb 25: Wrestling @ Legacy 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. | District Solo and Ensemble @ Syracuse High School 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Feb 27: Wrestling @ Fairfield 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m. Feb 28: NAL District Championship 3:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.   LEGACY JR. HIGH Feb 3: Ribbon Week | Girls Basketball Play in Game between 6th place teams 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  Feb 4: NAL @ Sunset 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Girls Basketball First Round Playoff Game 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  Feb 5: NAL Practice 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. | Musical Theatre Performance 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Feb 6: Course Request Completed (6th -8th) | Girls Basketball Quarterfinals Playoff Game 3:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. | Musical Theatre Performance 7:30 p.m. - 9:30

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LIBRARY EVENTS Continuous Programs: Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Storytime Feb 3: Ribbon and button Bookmarks 6 p.m.  - 7:30 p.m. Feb 7: Play & Learn 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb 12: Richard Paul Evans author program 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Feb 21: Play & Learn 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

FUN THINGS TO DO! Every Tuesday: $5 Tuesdays at the Cinemark at Station Park. Every Wednesday: Tales and Trails @ Farmington Bay Wildlife Education Center 10 a.m. Join the staff or a volunteer for story time and then take a self-guided walk on the nature trail. Feb 8: Davis High VEX Robotics Competition @ Davis High School Feb 8: S.L.I.M Fest Is an annual concert Series in North Ogden and the name stands for Support Local Independent Music. Genres range from folk pop and blues to rock and country.  Feb 14-15: Youth Trampoline and Tumbling Competition. @ Legacy Arena. Feb 21-22: Time Out for Women @ Davis Conference Center | Farmington Spring Home Expo @ Legacy Arena. Feb 25: Registration opens for the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival. Buy your tickets to field trips, workshops, and the annual Dutch Oven Dinner. For more information, visit www.daviscountyutah.gov/ greatsaltlakebirdfest City Events Feb 1: Registration opens for Dementia Dialogue Course. The course provides information and other skills to help caregivers better care for those suffering from dementia or other related diseases. The course is free, but seating is limited.  Held at Davis County Health Department, 22 S State St. Clearfield on Wednesdays 3/11, 3/18 & 3/25 from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Call Davis County senior services at 801-525-5127 to reserve your seat.  Feb 11: City Council Business Meeting @ Syracuse City Hall 6 p.m.  Feb 15: Deadline for Spring Soccer and Youth Tumbling registration Feb 24: Give My Regards to Broadway Concert Feb 24: City Council Work Session @ Syracuse City Hall 6 p.m.  February 2020 | syracuseconnection.com 13



Syracuse Lady Lions Club BY HAILEY MINTON

The Syracuse Lady Lions Club has been contributing to the Syracuse community for 57 years and has made a particular impact on keeping the children in Northern Utah warm and cozy at night. The latest service opportunity for the club is tying quilts and donating bedding for Sleep in Heavenly Peace (pictured right), an organization that makes and delivers beds for children who don’t have one. (Check out our article on page 16 to read more about what they do!) The only fundraiser for the Syracuse Lady Lions is an annual quilt raffle held during Syracuse Heritage Days. Tickets are available at the booth or from any member of the club. The Lady Lions take an active interest in the civic, business, social, and moral welfare of the community. One of the club’s goals is to unite the members in bonds of friendship, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than by serving alongside someone with a common goal in mind. The ladies go to Raintree Assisted living each month and make a craft with residents. They also assist and donate lap quilts to the residents

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at Beehive House assisted living. The list of all the projects they have been involved in is extensive. From sponsoring the Miss Syracuse Pageant to making items for the Davis Hospital and Medical Center Gift Shop, they have a hand in a lot of good things.   Colleen Thurgood, Beth Barber, and Phyllis Cook are original charter members who are still active in the club. All of the volunteers who have joined and contributed since then continue to shape Syracuse in a wonderful way.

Join us! The Syracuse Lady Lions meet on the second Thursday of

each month from March through December. Anyone interested in joining or attending a meeting may contact Colleen Thurgood at 801825-1752, Charlotte Wright at 801-525-6695, or Carole McLaughlin at (801)200-2135.

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In the 1830s, many Native Americans were forced from their homeland and were relocated to territories west of the Mississippi River. The journey they took is infamously known as the Trail of Tears, due to the thousands who died from the extreme cold, starvation, and harsh conditions they faced. The Choctaw people were one of the tribes affected, and they tried their best to make Oklahoma their home, despite losing many beloved family members along the way. Sixteen years later, news reached the tribe of the Irish Potato Famine.  A disease called late blight decimated the potato crop, which was the staple food source for most Irish.  People were starving. An estimated 1 million people died and another estimated 1 million people emigrated from the country. The Choctaw saw their suffering and viewed it as unnecessary, similar to their own trial, and it inspired action motivated by empathy. The tribe donated $170, which is equivalent to about $5,000 today. The amount was small, but the love behind the donation had bound these unlikely nations together.  Their contribution made headlines in Ireland. It was extraordinary because it came from very far away and from a group who didn’t have familial ties with the

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people who were suffering. The Irish people remember the seemingly small amount of money gifted as being legendary. Their bond remains strong and inspiring. We don’t have to look across the globe to find magnificent examples of charity, though. In fact, according to an article published on Oct. 3, 2019, Ogden was ranked the most charitable city in the country, with Salt Lake City coming in as the 6th most charitable city! MagnifyMoney, a personal finance website created by LendingTree, reported that 87% of residents in Ogden itemized returns with charitable donations on their tax returns that amounted to about 6.9% of the residents’ income. The study suggests cities that are religious centers, and cities that are highly charitable, seem to be linked.  Beyond the regular citizens who donate their resources to charity, there are some individuals and organizations that are taking action to shape our communities into better places. We have highlighted just a few, and we hope you take advantage of opportunities to show love through giving or service. Not only can it make others’ lives better, but it can bring more joy and fulfillment to your own. 

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Scott Decaria, his friend Dave Marin, and another Syracuse man, Jay Tucker, were all inspired to start a chapter for Sleep in Heavenly Peace in Syracuse after they saw a TV segment highlighting the charity. The three of them have been helping to get children their own beds in Northern Utah ever since. The organization builds and delivers beds to children between 3 and 17 who are in tough situations and don’t have a bed of their own. At SHP, they work to raise money to build beds and then rally the community to construct them. “We bring in the tools and use the money donated to buy the material. We set up everything, and then volunteers help us build the beds. It’s a community effort,” said Decaria.  It’s an all-volunteer organization, even for the founder, so no one has a salary and all the money goes to helping the people.  Decaria said usually an organization will sponsor a build and then bring in the volunteers after they raise enough money. A full bunk bed costs $350, so divide the amount raised by the cost, and you have the amount of beds they can make. They’ve had many organizations participate, including Lowes and Crossfit; most recently, a Boy Scout used it for his Eagle Scout project in December of 2019. They even made the deliveries on Christmas Eve.  When they deliver beds, they deliver bedding and pillows, so it really helps when people donate these items. The Syracuse Lady Lions have been instrumental in making and donating quilts for the deliveries. Decaria said SHP also takes any monetary donations, even if a person or organization can’t sponsor a build. Once they get enough money raised, the three of them put on a community build. Stay tuned to their Facebook page to know when you can be a part of one!   SHP connects with people who need beds primarily through the SHP website www.shpbeds.org/. A person can fill out a form to request a bed. From there, the requests get routed to the nearest chapter based on their zip code. The Syracuse chapter takes all requests in Utah from the Salt Lake area to the north.  They try to get the word out to organizations that are plugged into the community. Decaria said they didn’t realize how much demand there was in their own community. “In our first year, we delivered over 200 beds… We are delivering beds as often as we can and still have a backlog of over 100 requests that need to be delivered.” 

Whole International

Kristi Corless saw a need to help women with their feminine hygiene needs when she and her daughter were on a humanitarian trip in Kenya. Girls did not have the sanitary supplies to go out in public and, therefore, would miss 3-5 days of school every month. Missing school so consistently makes it challenging for young women to graduate, and graduating from school is the key to escape poverty for a Kenyan woman. Her organization, Whole International, teaches Kenyan women how to sew reusable pads and make kits that last 3 years for the young women. This helps the girls going to school and gives women a viable option to earn money.  For $10, a young woman can attend school for 3 years without having to worry about her natural cycle.    There is a lot of pressure for women to take care of themselves or stay home when they are menstruating. One 12 or 13-year-old girl was publicly shamed for soiling her uniform at school. She came home and committed suicide. Corless said it is heartbreaking to see young women who are dedicated to school turn to selling sexual favors to men as a way to earn money to pay for their hygiene supplies. She said it happens more often than you would think. Money is scarce within many families, and paying for supplies month to month is just not a realistic option.  Whole international is focused on educating and empowering the women in Kenya. Anita is a local Kenyan who works closely with the Days for Girls organization and is the “boots on the ground” person who helps keep things running for Whole International. Corless said the biggest way anyone can help is through monetary donations, since it can be difficult to transport donated cloth and sewing supplies all the way to Kenya.

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Awesome Autistic Ogden

Stacy Bernal is a mom of two boys, and her 14-year-old son, Haiden, has Autism Spectrum Disorder. In March of 2018, she saw there were Autism Walks planned in Logan and Provo, but there was nothing happening in Ogden. She took matters into her own hands. She put together an autism walk in downtown Ogden, and that is how Awesome Autistic Ogden got its start. Bernal said one of their goals at AAO is to teach others to love and appreciate people with neuro diversity. Sometimes, ASD manifests itself when a person doesn’t act the way people expect in social situations. They can look like anyone else, but they act and learn differently.  Underneath the differences that might be obvious, they are still people who have a sense of humor, quirks, and personality. It’s just a matter of getting to know them. Bernal said there is a pretty good awareness of autism in the community, but what we need are more people who care and get to know the people who have it. “If you see the kids who are a little different, if you see someone who could use a friend, be that friend. Stand up for the person if you see someone getting made fun of.”

“If you see the kids who are a little different, if you see someone who could use a friend, be that friend."

Today, Bernal and her committee are also working to connect resources with the people in and around Ogden who need them. Making the drive to Haiden’s multiple appointments each week in Salt Lake was tough, and she is hoping to coax more organizations to serve the Ogden area closer to home. AAO held their first annual event last year that brought organizations from all over Northern Utah to Weber State for a screening of Extraordinary People. This year, Bernal hopes to bring more resources and people who would benefit from them to their event on April 11th, at the Ogden school district Special education building. It will be an open house with sensory activities geared for kids with ASD, and booths will be set up for the parents to get information about the various organizations. Anyone interested in volunteering at the event can connect with Bernal via the Awesome Autistic Ogden Facebook page. Two people can be diagnosed with autism, but how it affects their day-to-day life can be very different. There isn’t a “one size fits all” solution, and Bernal emphasized that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. She said that’s one reason why it’s so important for parents to have access to resources so they can find what works for their child. The love and passion behind Awesome Autistic Ogden comes from knowing what it’s like to be a special needs parent, and she hopes AAO can help bridge the gap for other parents. 

Daniel Svidenko

For the last two years, Syracuse resident, Daniel Svidenko, has been playing Christmas carols for charity at Christmas Village. With his guitar in hand and lyrics in his head, and in front of him if he needs it, he sings and plays while people pass and contribute donations into his guitar case. Sometimes people stop, sing along, and dance! He raised $820 in 2018 and $2,069 in 2019, and he donates everything he raises to Primary Children’s Hospital! By the way, he just turned 13 years old on Jan. 22! Daniel took an interest in guitar and is currently taking private lessons. He told his mother he wanted to use his talents to help other people, and that’s when they got

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the idea to perform and contribute the money he raises to Primary Children’s Hospital. You can find him at Christmas Village every Saturday and Sunday during the Christmas season, and he tries to make it most week days if he can. There were some really cold days this last year, and he said it wasn’t so bad once his fingers were numb.

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9. Tankless models reduce the risk of scalding, as they can be set to safer temperatures of 105 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. They are more compact than a standard water heater and are mounted on a wall, taking up less room and allowing for better air circulation in utility areas. 6. Tankless water heaters have a significantly longer lifespan than tank water heaters if properly maintained. Most manufacturers warranty standard tank water heaters for 6 years, while tankless water heaters are generally warrantied for 10 years but have an

10. Having no tank means there is little to no space to harbor bacteria, making your home cleaner and more resistant to viruses and infections. Tankless water heaters are a convenient and effortless way to improve your home, and upgrading to a tankless water heater is easier than ever before. Home improvements often qualify for financing options and rebate offers from local utility companies. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to get a tankless water heater installed in your home, call Rentmeister Total Home Service for a free estimate, or visit our website at rentmeister.com


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We've got three recipes for you to make a fun Valentine's Day dinner or treat for your loved ones.

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Chocolate Fondue By Melissa Spelts


This is a tradition that I looked forward to as a child. I love CHOCOLATE. My mom always made this so fun with all kinds of fruit, angel food cake, and other fun things to dip. She always used her crock pot for warming. My family has fond memories sitting around the kitchen table eating this treat while spending time together. It really is a perfect treat to share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

Apples Strawberries Raspberries Frozen cheese cake chunks Vanilla wafers Banana slices Graham crackers

16 oz. semi sweet or dark chocolate chips 1 ½ c. whipping cream In a sauce pan, melt the chocolate chips on a low setting, stirring often to keep it from burning. Once the chocolate is melted, whisk in whipping cream. Add to fondue pot, crock pot, or bowl. If you use a bowl, your chocolate will be dip-able for about 40 minutes.

Angel food cake Pretzels Marshmallows Pineapple Mandarin oranges Cinnamon bears

Tasty Dip:

Cut Rice Krispy treats into bars and dip in chocolate or caramel fondue.

Caramel Fondue

This is a simple recipe we found online at lecremedelacrumb.com. Three ingredients and voila, you have yummy fondue! The simplicity makes it that much better! 25 caramels, unwrapped 1/3 c. milk or heavy cream 1/3 c. mini marshmallows 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt (optional) Add all ingredients into a crockpot or in a sauce pan for about an hour on low. Add salt (optional). Start dipping.


Apples Marshmallows Pretzels Bananas Strawberries Cookies Chocolates

CHEESE DIPPERS! Bell peppers Bread pieces Cubed salami or sausage Small tomatoes Cauliflower Broccoli Celery sticks Tasty Dip: BACON! It's as good as it sounds.

Pepper Jack Fondue Ryan is not a big fan of overly sweet treats. He enjoys savory treats more, so we made this yummy cheese fondue with him in mind. It was delicious. ½ lb. Pepper Jack cheese, cubed or shredded ¼ lb. Mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded 1 ½ tsp cornstarch 1/3 c. chicken broth salt and pepper to taste Melt the cheese in a saucepan on low heat. When melted, add cornstarch and chicken broth. Stir until thick and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Rules of fondue...

besides no double dipping, dip what you want and enjoy that ooey, gooey deliciousness! February 2020 | syracuseconnection.com 29

Risk Factors for Diabetes o Age 45 or older o Black, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander o Parent, brother or sister with diabetes o Overweight or physically inactive o High blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol and/ or high triglycerides o Diabetes during pregnancy

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*The American Diabetes Association Recognizes this education service as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

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Syracuse Connection February 2020  

Showing love through service, Recipes, Mayor Message, Calendar of events, Syracuse City Magazine

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Showing love through service, Recipes, Mayor Message, Calendar of events, Syracuse City Magazine